PEBBLE BEACH, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 07: Former NFL players Peyton Manning and Eli Manning look on from the 11th tee during the second round of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am at Monterey Peninsula Country Club on February 07, 2020 in Pebble Beach, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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There appears to be a curse when it comes to active NFL players who appear as guests on the ManningCast.
The ManningCast has proven to be the perfect alternate broadcast for Monday Night Football. From Peyton and Eli taking digs at each other, to them providing their opinions of what they see on the field. Perhaps the most entertaining is the Manning brothers bringing on active NFL players for interviews.
As it turns out, there is a bit of a ManningCast curse, because every player who appears on the show loses their next game.
Active NFL players who appear on the ManningCast lose their next games
Let’s take a look at how Travis Kelce, Russell Wilson, Rob Gronkowski, Matthew Stafford and Tom Brady have all appeared on the ManningCast, and lost their next matchups. Let’s take a look:
Travis Kelce, Week 2: Kansas City Chiefs lose to Baltimore Ravens 36-35Russell Wilson, Week 2: Seattle Seahawks lose to Tennessee Titans in overtime 33-30Rob Gronkowski, Week 3: Tampa Bay Buccaneers lose to Los Angeles Rams 34-24Matthew Stafford, Week 4: Rams lose to Arizona Cardinals 37-20Tom Brady, Week 8: Buccaneers lose to New Orleans Saints 36-27
Curse, or just an odd coincidence?
For the Week 8 edition of the ManningCast, the active player appearing on the broadcast is Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen. But, the Bills are facing a Jacksonville Jaguars team that just returned from the bye week and were blown out 31-7 by the Geno Smith-led Seahawks.
The only way we will say the ManningCast curse is legitimate is if the Bills find a way to lose to the Jaguars.